Sweden is improving its emergency healthcare efforts with Paratus, a modular solution built on Handheld’s Algiz 10X rugged tablet. Swedish emergency responders are using the Algiz 10X emergency response tablet to send critical status updates to hospital workers as they happen, increasing emergency healthcare efficiency and improving patient outcomes.
It’s no surprise that smartphone ownership has increased drastically in recent years, with more than 15.3 million people in Australia owning a smartphone.
As smartphones can be useful in managing most areas in your life, it may be logical to assume that your trusty iPhone or Samsung will be able to double as a barcode scanner. Even though there are plenty of apps available to get your smartphone to serve your barcode scanning needs, it’s important to understand that scanning with your smartphone will not necessarily be the most efficient and secure option.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have only been available in Australia since September, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours and speculation about the highly anticipated iPhone 8.
Since 2007, Apple has redefined the smartphone market, selling more than one billion iPhones. Despite this, sales dipped last year for the first time since the iPhone launched, blamed in part due to smartphone market saturation and, the lack of revolutionary new features on the iPhone 7 apart from the removal of the headphone jack. This year, big things are expected of the iPhone 8, which will be launched on the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.
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Released earlier this year, the Nautiz X2 gives users an all-in-one mobile computer that can handle almost anything. With built-in ruggedness and the ease of use of a modern Android smartphone, the Nautiz X2 integrates a high-quality scanner, camera and mobile phone making it one of the best handheld devices on the market.
Barcode and RFID are two different forms of technology which are used for collecting and reading data. While both are commonly used for asset and inventory tracking, their capabilities and how they work differ significantly, where each has its own benefits and disadvantages.
Modern society is incredibly fast paced. People demand speed in their lives, as time is very precious. Fast cars, fast Internet connection, fast computers and fast phones are just some of the things that people are constantly striving for. Similarly to this, with the prominence of online shopping, increasingly, people want their goods delivered the same day that they place their order. In fact, a study of over 350 large transport and logistics organizations commissioned by Intermec showed that 77% of organizations have customers that demand same-day delivery. Many companies struggle to cope with these demands and are searching for ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. One of these methods is the introduction of mobile solutions.
One of the most rapid and prominent advancements in the field of technology over the last decade has been the improvement in smartphones and the rate at which the general consumer has taken them up. All of a sudden, everyone from a high-powered CEO of a major company, to the most technologically challenged of individuals has a powerful computing device in the palm of their hands.
Businesses have attempted to utilize the widespread popularity of smartphones to reduce their own costs through allowing employees to access corporate data on their personal devices rather than issuing a company device. At the surface level, allowing individuals to access their emails or even enterprise data and applications from a personal device seems harmless and cost cutting. However, there are many hidden costs and security issues that need to be dealt with before a company should consider allowing personal devices to enter the corporate world.
For many years now, Microsoft has dominated the playing field when it came to operating systems for the niche market that is rugged handheld computers. In fact, Windows Embedded handheld 6.x and Windows Embedded CE dominate over 80% of the market as of 2013. The scene is set for a change all of a sudden however, as in late 2012 Microsoft announced their latest operating system, Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. Whilst this operating system will not be available until late 2013, several factors have opened the door for other alternate mobile operating system platforms to chip away at the rugged handheld market and get a foot in the door.
Companies that have embraced computer technology for many years will have programs that they have inherited from earlier platforms, utilizing technology that is “more primitive” than that currently available. These programs are known as legacy programs and can prove problematic for some companies. Legacy programs are found in all fields of work including transportation, logistics, manufacturing and retail. Since these programs are written for earlier operating systems, the challenge for these companies is to integrate them with current technologies, in particular handheld computer devices. Short of completely rewriting the program, terminal emulators are often used to enable access to these programs on all devices with minimal fuss.
Think of the daily wear and tear that you put your mobile phone through. Do you regularly drop your phone? Does it have a few scratches and dents that tell the story of a night out or a moment of clumsiness? Handheld devices such as barcode scanners are no different, they are put through consecutive hours of use and often subjected to a fall or an “on the job accident”. These accidents come part and parcel with the job, however can be dangerous in certain lines of work. Impacts can lead to leaky batteries and in severe cases, even explosions. There have been numerous documented cases of exploding phones, the same can occur for any handheld scanners. For companies, the damage done by this can be far more severe than simply replacing a unit - instead much collateral damage can be caused. For those who work in mines near explosives, in pharmaceutical companies near dangerous chemicals or in petroleum companies surrounded by gas and petrol as well as other dangerous environments, these handheld computers need to be built sturdy to prevent potentially catastrophic situations.
In nature, evolution is a process by which a species develops and diversifies over many generations through a selection of the most desirable traits for survival. The technological world functions much like this in that products are constantly modified and changed throughout the years in order to improve and select the features that are most appealing to the market. In recent times, we have seen the tablet undergo a major “evolution”, from humble beginnings to becoming the device of choice for many. This begs the question: Does the rise of the tablet pcs spell the end of the laptop? A device once thought revolutionary, the laptop has taken the backseat to the tablet, but when looking at the two, which one comes out on top?
Companies are constantly searching for ways to keep costs at a minimum and are finding that a major area of loss every year is the warehouse. Through simple errors such as short picks, over picks and mis-picks, companies squander hundreds of thousands of dollars every year through shoddy warehouse accuracy. The numbers may be insignificant when looked at individually, however the difference between 99.8% accuracy and 99.9%+ accuracy in the warehouse can result in substantial gains to the company.
Many organizations today deal with a large amount of merchandise that requires processing and transportation. Technology has come a long way in aiding these processes and vastly improving their accuracy whilst at the same time keeping the cost to the company at a minimum. The Intermec CK3X mobile computer is the latest innovation from Intermec. Through its adaptable and ergonomic design, the handheld computer can lead to increased productivity in the workplace whilst simultaneously being cost effective and simple to deploy.
On the way back from our Christmas holidays we stopped at Cann River for a driving break and some coffee at one of the local Cafes' . I noticed a man dressed in high visibility clothing walking around a public building obviously taking notes probably on the maintenance and condition of the visitors center he was carefully inspecting. Every time he noticed something of interest he would put his laptop on the ground, take a closer look, open a rusty door or inspect the flaky paint. He would then pick up the laptop, rest it on his left hand and using one finger search and destroy data entry technique with his right hand, painstakingly enter his report information.
When catching a train into the city, you are sure to notice the many billboards and advertising slogans designed to capture the attention of the commuter on his long and often uncomfortable commute to work. On one of my recent trips to the city however, I noticed a billboard that was out of the ordinary. It was a large billboard, easily visible from within the train. It said nothing, it didn’t have any catchy slogans or facts or statistics. It was just an enormous QR code. I couldn’t believe that a company would pay so much to simply have this code printed on a billboard, but it did open my eyes. From there, I started noticing QR codes everywhere. They’re in advertising, on leaflets, on bills and they’ve even been printed on a cupcake and minted on a country’s currency! It seems that the QR code is the next big thing in technology, but what exactly is it and how is it useful?
Only a week ago I was watching the movie Ironman on television. The billionaire entrepreneur Tony Stark was down in his lab building and modifying his new Ironman suit. As his aides, Tony had a host of machines that he commanded and told what to do using nothing but his voice. As I watched this I thought to myself, this is more Hollywood fantasy, technology hasn’t come this far. However upon thinking about this, I realized we weren’t that far away and that voice technology is something we are embracing more and more. You don’t have to look past your iPhone equipped with Siri or Samsung using S voice to see that speaking to machines is not confined to a Hollywood studio. Upon looking into this more, I discovered that voice technology isn’t just used occasionally in phones to find the nearest restaurant, but instead is incorporated in the running of entire factories and vastly improves productivity through the use of applications such as Wavelink Speakeasy.
Last month registered adults had to vote for their local council or risk a 75-dollar fine. Having only recently turned the legal age of 18, this was my first time voting and it was something I was looking forward to. Within my ward, it is necessary to visit a polling place in person to register your vote, as the option to vote by mail is not available. The Australian Electoral Commission however does send every registered candidate a letter informing them of their obligation to vote as well as a list of all the candidates who are participating.
I recently drove the long and fatiguing trip from Melbourne to Sydney in order to visit some family who live there. As my GPS kept constantly reminding me every few hours, breaks are essential on a trip of this length in order to stay fresh and alert on the roads. If you make this trip however, you will notice the plethora of trucks that constantly traverse this road in order to deliver goods from one state capital to the other. To accommodate for these trucks, there are a host of truck stops along the highway. Some of these stops have been adapted so that one can take a break, fill up their vehicle, have a bite to eat and in many countries the option to wash ones truck has become available.
As the technological world advances, we are finding new ways of incorporating technology into our lives in order to make them easier. More and more I am finding that facets of my life are moving online and away from traditional methods. My university learning is moving online and much of my assessment is completed online. Even ordering a pizza, a task that previously required face-to-face interaction or picking up the phone, is now something that can be done with just a few clicks online. This technological advancement has moved into retail with the introduction of enterprise tablet pcs; a specialized tablet that is custom built to suit retail and bring improvement not only to the business but customers too.